I've posted photos of all the bands I enjoyed (not all the bands I saw) just so that I can remember them all, and know what to investigate later. (So if you were wondering why I keep spamming you with crappy cellphone pictures, it's not all about you, man!)
As last year, the Dart Music House and the British Music Embassy were pretty much a sure thing: we saw about half of the bands at Dart, and a whole bunch of the bands at BME, with much success.
BME is an actual Government-funded operation (the very idea!) but I'm more impressed with Dart, which is a non-profit whose mission is to bring bands from around the world to play in Austin for free. Dave Dart has apparently combined the skills of music discovery and grant writing. It's a great hack!
We stayed at the W, which is very pretty, and has a friendly staff, but their architect was such a pinhead that I don't think I'll stay here again. First of all, the shower -- the Performance Shower. The bathroom has no door, and you have to walk past the unfrosted-glass-front shower to get from the bedroom to the hall. Maybe that would be cute in a single, but this is in a room with two queen beds. Modesty is contraindicated here. Also, no drawers anywhere in the room, so don't unpack! And the pretty but entirely un-functional bathroom sink/shelf doesn't go all the way to the wall, ensuring that half of three people's worth of toiletries end up on the floor.
First World Problems, I know, but at the rates we were paying, i expect better. At least it was better than the Intercontinental (ugh).
I shall be composing a mixtape of my SXSW selections some time in the next few weeks.